How stupid are we, really?

I have to admit I enjoy the little “helpful” signs written for idiots. You know the ones with the pictures and the “do not” sign over them.

 Now take this one for example:


I have to assume that it is for people that like to pull out their cords from a foot away. Or is it in the way the fingers are placed around the cord? With the thumb laying gingerly above the cord? Is that why it’s forbidden?

Or how about this one?


Now I have to admit there have been times that I have wanted to place my toddler in a tupperware container for a few hours, however, are people really confused about the danger? And who has tupperware bowls this big or are their little itty bitty babies that fit into food storage containers?

Now anyone with children should be familiar with this one:


Yes, a warning to the dangers of michelen tire babies between the ages of 0-3 years. Or are these generic Q-P dolls?


Sorry, for that brief bit of nudity. I do try to keep my website porn-free. (Can you just imagine the spam I will have on this post?)

Anyway, all this to say that as I was pumping gas at my local Cosco, I noticed a very helpful sign. This wasn’t the one telling you not to smoke while pumping gas, although apparently that one is very needed see this if you doubt it. (Some people forget that smoking uses “fire” and gas + fire = very hot. ) No, I am talking about the sign showing you not to pump your gas with the nozzel turned upside down. Now I thought who would do this? Apparently, it is a “key to better fuel economy” according to this AC website. The writer says that you will not get all the fuel you paid for if you don’t turn the nozzle upside down at the end of the pumping. The next person in line will get “4 ounces” you paid for. However, if the person in front of me didn’t know to turn the pump upside down wouldn’t I get his 4 ounces and be even? 

According to the “do not” sign it is dangerous to turn the nozzle upside down. So I am faced with a conundrum. Do I risk life and limb to get the extra 4 ounces when I possibly received 4 extra ounces from the guy before me, or do I follow the do not sign and keep the nozzle right side up? I will spend most of 2008 contemplating my choices, and I’m sure you will too.  


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marie
    Jan 10, 2008 @ 14:45:47

    Wow, now I know how to get free gas! I’ll just spend a good ten hours at the gas station, watching for people that turn their nozzles upside-down.

  2. BrentD
    Jan 10, 2008 @ 20:45:53

    I’m shocked. I alway thought this was family site. But, plastic baby porn…Words fail me.

  3. tobeme
    Jan 11, 2008 @ 12:22:50

    Fuuny isn’t it how are litagative society has made common sense obsolete. I say you go for 8 ounces!

  4. rjlight
    Jan 11, 2008 @ 15:22:19

    Marie — you wait and if they don’t turn them upside down then you pump right after them for a bit then you get the 8 ounces.
    BrentD- I’m sorry to let you down. I’m ashamed.
    tobeme– oh, that’s really risky.

  5. Debbie
    Jan 11, 2008 @ 15:59:28

    My favorite part of this post is the title!

  6. rjlight
    Jan 11, 2008 @ 18:20:03

    Debbie — it would have been much easier just to write the title!Maybe I should have a blog filled with post titles and nothing else!

  7. Theresa
    Jan 12, 2008 @ 10:47:05

    Who would have thought you’d have to worry about things like turning the nozzle upside down…that’s something that never would have occurred to me, but then again I don’t drive.

  8. rjlight
    Jan 12, 2008 @ 11:22:42

    Theresa–it’s nice to not have to concern yourself with the gas pump.

  9. Novembrance
    Jan 14, 2008 @ 07:49:40

    Huh. Four extra ounces. I wonder if the guy at our tiny town’s Full Serve gas station knows this.

  10. Diesel
    Jan 14, 2008 @ 08:59:19

    I was working on a post the other day about warning labels, and I kept running across that kid-in-tupperware pic.

    A few days ago I was reading the instructions for a barcode scanner, and it said “As with any very bright light source, such as the sun, you should not stare directly into the beam.” I loved that they added “such as the sun,” so we’d have a reference point.

  11. rjlight
    Jan 14, 2008 @ 13:11:42

    Novembrance — yes, four whole ounces which is alot when it is milk and you are talking about a newborn baby. not sure how far I would get with it in my car though — the gas, not milk.

    Diesel — It gets confusing with all those light sources.

  12. Diesel
    Jan 23, 2008 @ 21:41:42

    Hey, I know that kid! 😉

  13. Jenna
    Jan 29, 2008 @ 16:21:59

    Love the way your mind works, my dear.

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